Economy Archive March 2022

The cumulative total of positive COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 11,174.

COVID-19 Update: 373 New Cases Reported

373 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country over the past 72 hours reporting period.
For caption (L-R): Patterson Aven and Wesley Kukutu from the National Medical Store, Geoffrey Acaye UNICEF Head, H.E. Don Higgins Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Hon Dr. Culwick Togamana, Minister of Health, and Tracy Melissa Prasad Kofela. WHO’s Public Health Officer RMNCAH/EPI Coordinator.

New Zealand Supports Solomon Islands with COVID-19 Vaccines Through the COVAX Facility

Solomon Islands has received COVID-19 vaccines from the Government of New Zealand through the COVAX Facility – a partnership co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as the key delivery partner.
He says close contacts of these people were identified and their quarantine has been extended to see if they develop COVID infection.

Omicron Variant Detected in Returning Passengers

Health Minister Dr. Culwick Togamana says 34 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in quarantine stations from returning passengers on repatriation flights, and says most are likely to be the Omicron variant.
RSIPF officers train using the recently donated replica guns.

RSIPF Officers Complete POM Training Conducted by China Police Liaison Team

Fourteen officers from Police Response Team (PRT) and Operational Safety Training (OST) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) have completed the first Public Order Management (POM) training conducted by China Police Liaison Team (CPLT) on 25 March 2022 at Rove Police Headquarters.
SIVB Marketing Officer, Helen Aumae Boso, connecting with buyers in Sweden from the Tourism Solomons’ board room in Honiara.

Tourism Solomons Hits the ‘Virtual’ Road in Europe

The Solomon Islands border may still be closed but with the day when the country can re-join the rest of the world looming ever closer, Tourism Solomons has taken the front foot to make sure the country remains top of mind on the international tourism stage.
Dr Rogers said that the flight which was earlier planned for the 30th March, 2022 is very likely to be delayed for the 7th April. He says the reason for the delay is because current bookings do not have the passenger numbers to make the flight viable.

Second Fiji-Bound Flight Yet To Be Confirmed

The planned second repatriation flight to Fiji is yet to be confirmed despite earlier plans for the 30th of March.
Giving a glimpse of the plan, in his speech from the throne the Governor General His Excellency Sir David Vunagi, said that the Fiscal and Macroeconomic Response Plan is derived from various reports authored by multilateral partners and state institutions.

Government Will Unveil Macroeconomic Plan

After taking a number of economic steps to keep the economy afloat during this COVID- 19 situation, the National Government has come up with a Fiscal and Macroeconomic Response Plan.
Tocilizumab is given as an injection, and even though tocilizumab has been on the market since 2009 for treatment of rheumatologic diseases, access has remained a challenge.

Solomon Islands Gets Approval to Use Tocilizumab for Treatment of Severe COVID-19 Cases

Health Minister Dr Culwick Togamana says the country has received approval for the use of Tocilizumab by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Health Minister says it is of concern that people are now ignoring public health and safety measures such as wearing of masks and social distancing.

COVID-19 Update: 222 New Cases Recorded

The country has registered an additional 222 new positive COVID-19 cases over the past 48 hours. The cumulative total for the country now stands at 10,426.
RAPP Commander Mr. Paul Osborne said protecting officers is a priority for the AFP, and says a key focus of "our enduring friendship with RSIPF is safety."

PRT Receives Protective Gear From AFP Policing Partnership

To protect police officers as they deliver services to the Solomon Islands community the Royal Solomon Island Police (RSIPF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) Policing Partnership (RAPPP) Mission Commander Paul Osborne handed over a range of essential Public Order Management Personal Protection Equipment items to the Police Response Team (PRT).
On the left is the office that caught fire and NRH staff and helpers cleaning the ward in the aftermath of the incident.

Mothers and Babies at NRH Post Natal Ward Safe After Fire Scare

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) is investigating a fire incident that occurred at the hospital’s post-natal ward staff office late yesterday afternoon, that forced staff, caregivers, mothers and their babies to evacuate the ward.
Speaking to the Press, Wate says she is confident the school placement results for 2022 are fair and justifiable.

Students Selection Process Fair: Education Ministry

Deputy Secretary Teaching and Learning, Ms. Linda Wate says the selection process for students is fair.
First incident took place at Lawson Tama car park and the second incident happened at Bokolake beach in North West Guadalcanal.

Foreigner Charged For Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force at the Sexual Assault Unit at the Rove Police Headquarters have arrested and charged a Foreign National for sexual intercourse with a girl under 18-years at an unknown date on month of July 2021.
The Health Minister says trends show that the 7 days rolling average since the outbreak in January has declined.

COVID-19 Positive Cases Surpass 10,000

Cumulative cases of Positive COVID-19 cases in the country have surpassed the 10,000 mark, while deaths resulting from COVID-19 has now reached 128.
Communities near the Tina Hydro river mouth will relocate as the project progresses.

Biggest Hydro Power Project in Solomon Islands Progressing Well

Work on the Tina River Hydropower Project in Solomon Islands is said to be progressing well despite the country’s war against COVID-19 community transmission.
DSE says the National General Elections is mandated by law to be conducted every four years.

NGOs Object Government’s Plan to Extend Life of Parliament

Development Services Exchange (DSE) strongly oppose the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement’s (DCGA) proposal for the extension of parliament term from four to five years in order to accommodate the Pacific Games.
Health workers have played a significant role in the fight against the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

SICCI Acknowledges Frontliners and Commends Easing of Restrictions

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), on behalf of the business community and the Solomon Islands private sector extends its sincere appreciation to the hardworking health workers, police officers and all the front liners including the Australian Medical Team (AUSMAT) and other foreign-deployed teams.
Representatives of local Security Firms who attended the Information Session hosted by the Sol2023 Games Organizing Committee.

Sol2023 Engages With Local Security Firms

The Sol2023 Pacific Games Organizing Committee (GOC) will be looking at lifting the standard of Security Firms in the Solomon Islands as part of preparations to host the Pacific region’s biggest sporting event in Honiara in 2023.
Executive Director of the National Hosting Authority (NHA) Mr. Christian Nieng.

Games Administrators Quells Scepticism on Management of Funds

Despite the government’s optimism for a memorable Pacific Games, there is clearly scepticism in how Solomon Islands will handle the games administrative matters including the upkeep of the facilities.
He says most of the provinces that had experienced a surge in cases soon after Honiara are now showing signs of easing, with cases reported slowly declining.

COVID-19 Update: 258 New Cases

Solomon Islands has recorded 258 new COVID-19 cases over the past 48 hours. The cumulative total COVID-19 cases for the country since the outbreak now stands at 9,758.
PS Beck welcomed Solomon Islands engagement with the United Nations and acknowledge the work of the UN in the last four years.

SIG and UN Hold Joint Steeting Committee Meeting

The Solomon Islands Government, and the United Nations (UN) jointly hosted the first Joint Steering Committee meeting to discuss the implementation of their joint work in the Solomon Islands, strategic partnerships moving forward, and financing opportunities on Wednesday 16 March.
Terminus Group, is an official premier partner to Expo 2020 Dubai, and the company behind the now famous orange robot mascot, Opti.

The Company Behind Dubai’s Smart City Initiative Engages Virtually With Government Officials

Mr. Victor Polovyan of Nova Reality and Terminus Al City has taken the opportunity provided by the Solomon Islands Expo 2020 Pavilion to engage virtually with various Senior government officials including relevant stakeholders from the Solomon Islands in their bid to introduce the ‘Smart City Initiative’ to the Happy Isles.
Solomon Airlines will not refund fares nor be held liable for any passengers who book and do not meet the Solomon Islands Government requirements for travel at Check-in.

All Domestic Passenger Flights Resume After Government Approval

Solomon Airlines has confirmed that following approval from the relevant Solomon Islands Government Oversight Committees, effective immediately, the airline can again start accepting passengers and taking bookings for flights between Honiara and the Provinces.
The Permanent Secretary for Health says in terms of response, a lot more resources are now being shifted to the provinces, where outbreaks have now been recorded in almost all of the provinces.

COVID-19 Update: 465 New Cases Recorded

The Solomon Islands has recorded 465 new cases of COVID-19 over a 72-hour reporting period.
The trio were interviewed and charged for conspiracy to defeat justice and interference with witnesses.

Three Co-accused Interviewed in Case Against MP for North East Guadalcanal and Her Husband

The National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) have interviewed three co-accused yesterday 11 March 2022, in relation to the 2019 National General Election offences.
Growth for 2022 is projected to further decline by -7.3%. Broad contractions across all sectors of the economy are expected to contribute to this downturn. Enormous uncertainty surrounds the forecast and if materialized will slow recovery even further.

CBSI Maintains Expansionary Monetary Policy As Economic Uncertainty Looms

Based on recent assessments of economic conditions and outlook, the Central Bank of Solomon Islands Board in its meeting on 10th March 2022 deemed it appropriate to maintain an expansionary monetary policy for the next six months to ensure an incipient recovery takes hold.
Minister Veke, congratulated the RAPPP and noted “this is a milestone for the program, the new stations are a good design and will allow the Police to preserve peace and security in the community. He further thanked AFP and RAPPP for their ongoing support to RSIPF and Solomon Islands.”

RAPPP Partnership Strentghen Police Infrastructure

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP) commenced in July 2021.
The Health Minister says 39.2% of those above 18 years of age are now fully vaccinated. 65.1% of the eligible population in the country have also received one dose of the vaccine.

445,384 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines Administered to Date

There has been a notable increase in vaccination numbers after the COVID-19 community outbreak was first detected in Honiara and in the provinces.
Of the 362 positive cases 27 were detected in Honiara, 22 in Bellona, 22 in Malaita, 17 in Makira, 5 in Choiseul, 10 in Guadalcanal, 162 in Isabel, and 97 in Central.

COVID-19 Update: 362 Positive Cases Recorded

The country has recorded an additional 362 positive cases over the past 48 hours.
While the government do not wish to see a prolonged school closure, it will not also rush to reopen schools without relevant indicators.

Schools Could Re-open As Early As April

The COVID 19 Oversight Committee is currently reviewing the ‘School Reopening Guideline’ with the target to slowly reopen schools by April.
NRH senior representatives, graduates, and the Deputy Australian High Commissioner, Sally-Ann Vincent.

25 Graduate Doctors Joins NRH Medical Team as Interns

25 graduate doctors will join the National Referral Hospital, boosting health delivery services at the country's main hospital.
Dr. Janella Solomon, NRH Medical Superintendent (Right) explaining to Minister and team how patients are managed at the NRH Golden Ward.

Health Minister Visits National Referral Hospital

Health Minister Hon. Dr. Culwick Togamana, Permanent Secretary Mrs. Pauline McNeil and officials from the Ministry of Health together with Senior Management of the National Referral Hospital, yesterday held an onsite discussion around NRH COVID-19 response and COVID-19 patient care at the NRH Golden Ward.
A birds eye view of the newly built Gizo market in the Western province.

Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program to Build Six Provincial Markets

Australia’s flagship Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) has agreed to fast track redevelopment of six markets across Malaita, Guadalcanal, Honiara, Isabel and Western Province, improve provincial ports and launch a new SIIP website.
The women of Tourism Solomons making the ‘balancing for better’ sign as they celebrate International Women's Day 2022.

Tourism Solomons’ Women ‘Break the Bias’ on International Women’s Day

This year the theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Break The Bias’, the theme calls for a gender free world, a world that is free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, a world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, a world where difference is valued and celebrated. Celebration of the day remains significant for all women in the Solomons.
Starting now, on International Women’s Day, it’s time to turn the clock forward for every woman and girl.

Statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate women and girls everywhere.
The cumulative total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 8,150.

COVID-19 Update: 124 New Cases Recorded

The country has recorded an additional 124 positive cases of COVID-19.
The four contractors are AP and S Plant Hire and Construction, Capitol Construction PTY Ltd, Hi-Tech Engineering, and Jed Enterprise Ltd.

CAUSE Project Engage Four Contractors to do Road Rehabilitation in Honiara

Sixty-eight unsealed tertiary roads in Honiara and outside the town boundary will be restored and routinely maintained for 12 months in the coming weeks.
The armourers this week were spent with Daniels Defense armourers and developed a strong understanding of the Daniels Defense MK18 rifle operating system. This includes the practical skills and confidence to repair, maintain and service the firearm for operational and training requirements.

RSIPF Contingent in Australia Train on Daniel's Defense 5.56mm Rifle

The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) contingent in Brisbane Australia participated in Daniels Defense 5.56 mm Rifle Instructor Qualifying Program during the week ending Friday 4 March 2022.
Dr. Franco Rodie said the Education Minister Honourable Lanelle Tanagada will sign the release of the results on 8th March 2022 and these will be made available to the public on MEHRD website.

Exam Results Ready This Week

The much anticipated 2021 examination Results for Year 9,11 & 12 will be ready by March 8th 2022.
“One of Solomon Islands achievements in its participation at the world Expo 2020 Dubai is that SolTuna products are now selling in Supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),” said Solomon Islands Commissioner General, Ambassador Moses Kouni Mose.

SolTuna Hits The Shelves in the Emirates

Solomon Islands renowned Tuna products, SolTuna is making a big breakthrough into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) market following aggressive promotions at the Dubai Expo 2020.
A curfew was imposed for those within the emergency zone from 12 midnight to 6am, which has now since been lifted.

Curfew and Restricted Entry to Honiara Emergency Zone Lifted

Curfew for the Honiara emergency zone, including the restriction of entry into the Honiara boundary, have been lifted and now cease to exist.
Director Soko says, “Six of the survivors were males and three were females. They were so fortunate to be rescued after drifting for 29 days.”

PNG Nationals Rescued at Sea After Drifting for 29 Days

Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel (RSIPV) Gizo have transported nine survivors who are natives of Dawa Island, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), from South West of Rennell Island to Honiara after they were found drifting at sea and rescued by Taiwanese fishing boat on 24 February 2022.
"Health is working hard to ensure these supplies reach the various levels of health facilities in all Provinces,” said Health and Medical Services Minister, Dr Culwick Togamana.

Additional Health and Medical Supplies Boost COVID-19 Response in Provinces

With the ongoing surge in community transmission of covid-19 into the provinces, the Health and Medical Services Ministry is deploying additional supplies and workers to boost response in the provinces.
Salaries of the remaining 168 officers who are not vaccinated will be ceased after a verification process.

222 Public Officers Unvaccinated, 54 Self-Terminated

A total of 222 Public Officers have decided not to be vaccinated, of that 54 are now self-terminated under the Government’s No Jab No Job policy.
Flight IE667 will depart Nadi at 2:00pm Fiji time, arriving in Honiara at 4:00pm Wednesday 9th March 2022, Solomon Islands time.

Solomon Airlines Confirms Fiji Repatriation Flight for 9th March 2022

Following Solomon Islands Government approval and subject to Fiji regulatory approval, Solomon Airlines will operate a repatriation flight between Nadi and Honiara on Wednesday 9 March 2022.
Robson Djokovic said that details of the new policy framework will be forthcoming over the coming days.

Caucus Endorses New Covid-19 Policy Framework

Caucus has recently endorsed the policy framework to guide the country’s efforts against the Community Transmission of Covid-19.
The cumulative total positive COVID-19 cases in the country now stand at 7,258. Only Temotu province remains COVID-19 free to date.

COVID-19 Update: 290 New Cases

Health Minister Dr. Culwick Togamana says the country has registered 290 new cases of COVID-19.
He notably successfully represented the Wagina community, winning a historic battle against a proposed bauxite mine development and saving their community and islands.

After Hit Song "Ukulele" Kadi Joins Pacific Legal Network to Protect the Environment

Pacific Legal Network (PLN) is pleased to announce that Solomon Islands lawyer William Kadi will join the team, working with Primo Afeau in Honiara, effective 28th February.